Head to Head Analysis: Northern Tier Energy (NTI) and SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical (SHI)

Northern Tier Energy (NYSE: NTI) and SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical (NYSE:SHI) are both energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and analyst recommendations.


SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical pays an annual dividend of $3.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Northern Tier Energy does not pay a dividend. SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical pays out 35.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Northern Tier Energy has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Northern Tier Energy and SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Northern Tier Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical $12.49 billion 0.52 $1.41 billion $9.28 6.53

SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical has higher revenue and earnings than Northern Tier Energy.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Northern Tier Energy and SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Northern Tier Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical 1 2 0 0 1.67

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.0% of SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Northern Tier Energy and SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northern Tier Energy 1.69% 12.03% 4.34%
SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical 8.79% 27.54% 20.37%


SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical beats Northern Tier Energy on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Northern Tier Energy

Northern Tier Energy LP is a downstream energy limited partnership. The Company has refining, retail and logistics operations that serve the Petroleum Administration for Defense District II (PADD II) region of the United States. It operates through two segments: the refining business and the retail business. Its refining segment consists of over 97,800 barrels per stream day refinery located in St. Paul Park, Minnesota. Its refineries process light, heavy, sweet and sour crudes into refined products. It also owns storage and transportation assets. The retail segment operates over 170 convenience stores and supports over 110 franchised convenience stores, which are operated under the SuperAmerica brand. These convenience stores are located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota and sell various grades of gasoline and diesel, tobacco products and immediately consumable items, such as beverages, prepared food and a range of snacks and prepackaged items.

About SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited (Shanghai Petrochemical) is a petrochemical company. The Company and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in processing crude oil into synthetic fibers, resins and plastics, intermediate petrochemicals and petroleum products. The Company operates in five operating segments. The synthetic fibres segment produces polyester and acrylic fibers, which are used in the textile and apparel industries. The resins and plastics segment produces polyester chips, polyethylene resins and films, polypropylene resins and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) granules. The intermediate petrochemicals segment produces p-xylene, benzene and ethylene oxide. The petroleum products segment is equipped with crude oil distillation facilities used to produce vacuum and atmospheric gas oils used as feedstock of the Company’s downstream processing facilities. The trading of petrochemical products segment is engaged in importing and exporting of petrochemical products.

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